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Course Syllabus

Course Information

HIST 3318.001, Medieval Europe

Fall 2008
Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:45

Professor Contact Information

Dr. Jeanette J. Hurst

Phone: 972-248-7519
Office: JO4.606
Office hours: Thursday 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. and by appointment
E-mail: jeanette.hurst@utdallas.edu

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the society and culture of Western Europe from the twelfth to the
fifteenth centuries. This period is one of dynamic growth and saw the development of many key
characteristics of modern “western civilization.” The twelfth century was a period in which
constitutive elements of antecedent civilizations (primarily Classical, early Christian and
Germanic) became fully integrated in the west. Just as the thirteenth century saw a “flowering”
of medieval culture in Europe, so the fourteenth was a period of crisis and disintegration in
philosophy, religion, politics, and society. Nominalism, The Great Schism, the Hundred Year’s
War and the Black Death, however, gave rise to traditions and institutions which still inform the
west today and define its unique culture. Evident also in these centuries are diverse paths of
development in the west. While “gothic” culture flourished in northern Europe, the medieval
city-states of northern and central Italy were creating different political and aesthetic traditions.
By the late fourteenth century, Italy was ready to reevaluate the legacies of Greece and Rome. As
a consequence, by the close of the fifteenth century, cultural, intellectual and political forces were
in motion that would ultimately splinter Christendom and bring to a close this “Age of Faith.”

The course will focus on three general topics: (1) the social and economic developments that
contributed to the emergence and unique character of this period; (2) political thought and
experience in the realms of both Church and State; and (3) intellectual and religious currents
Emphasis will be placed on primary sources.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Students will be introduced to the history and culture of Western Europe from the twelfth century
to the fifteenth through the study and analysis of a variety of primary source material including
chronicles, poetry, biography, philosophy and religious texts and art work. Through this course

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of study, students will more fully understand this crucial phase of European history as well as
hone critical reading and expository writing skills.

Required Textbooks and Materials

Brian Tierney, Western Europe in the Middle Ages, 300-1475 (sixth edition).
Brian Tierney, The Middle Ages vol. I: Sources of Medieval History (sixth edition).
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Chretien de Troyes, Yvain.
Geoffroy De Villehardouin and Jean De Joinville, Chronicles of the Crusades.
Jean Froissart, Chronicles.

Assignments & Academic Calendar

I. (August 25 & 27) Economic and Social Change: City and Country Life
Tierney, pp. 271-292
Tierney, Sources, nos. 47-51 and 79-81

II. (September 3) Pilgrimage, Crusade and Knighthood

Tierney, pp. 251-269 and 292-296
Tierney, Sources, nos. 40-43
Electronic Reserve: Old French Crusade Songs
Villehardouin, The Conquest of Constantinople, pp. 29-93

III. (September 8 & 10) The Renaissance in Religion and Learning

Tierney, pp. 298-318
Tierney, Sources, nos. 44-46 (for 45 read from the bottom of p.151 through p. 155 only)
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise, pp. 57-156

IV. (September 15 & 17) The Flowering of Romanesque Culture

Tierney, pp. 427-433 and 446-459
Tierney, Sources, nos. 32 (first document on p. 107), 56 (p. 187-189), 57 and 59
Chretien de Troyes, Yvain

V. (September 22 & 24) Medieval Polities I: The Monarchies

Tierney, pp. 320-335 and 384-402
Tierney, Sources, nos. 60, 61, 75-78
Jean de Joinville, The Life of St. Louis, pp. 163-179, 191-194 and 317-353

VI. (September 29 & October 1) Medieval Polities II: Empire and Papacy
Tierney, pp. 335-341, 345-353 and 375-380
Tierney, Sources, nos. 62-66 and 72-74

VII. (October 6 & 8) Medieval Polities III: The Italian City-States

Electronic Reserve: Villani, Statues of Volterra, John of Viterbo, Bonvesin de la Riva
Mid-term exam

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VIII. (October 13 & 15) Heretics and Friars
Tierney, pp. 353-373
Tierney, Sources, pp. nos. 67-70
Electronic Reserve: Thomas of Celano, The First Life of St. Francis, Book I, chapters 1,
2, 4-10, 12-16, 20-24, 28-30.

IX. (October 20 & 22) High Gothic Culture: Scholasticism and the rise of the Universities
Tierney, pp. 404-25 and 433-446
Tierney, Sources, nos. 82-84

X. (October 27 & 29) Crises in Religion and the Church

Tierney, 475-492
Tierney, Sources, nos. 85-87 and 98-99
Electronic Reserve: Meister Eckhart, “Jesus Entered,” “Woman, the Hour is Coming,”
and “Like a Vase of Massive Gold”

XI. (November 3 & 5) Fourteenth Century Politics and the Hundred Year’s War
Tierney, pp. 494-531
Tierney, Sources, nos. 90 and 101
Jean Froissart, Chronicles, pp. 146-166, 211-230, 421-471

XII. (November 10 & 12) Death, Decline and Renewal in Late Medieval Society and Culture
Tierney, pp. 463-473 and 539-558
Tierney, Sources, nos. 88, 89, 93, 94, 106-110
Jean Froissart, Chronicles, pp. 111-112
Electronic Reserve: Petrarch, “The Plague and the World’s Calamities” and “Memories
of a Long Life; and Woes of an Evil World”

XIII. (November 17 & 19) Schism, Conciliarism and Reform

Tierney, pp. 526-531 and 575-587
Tierney, Sources, nos. 104 and 105
Jean de Froissart, Chronicles, pp. 201-210
Electronic Reserve: John Wyclif, “The Pastoral Office, part ii” and Dietrich of Niem,
“Ways of Uniting and Reforming the Church”

XIV. (November 24 & 26) Emperors and Tyrants: Imperial disintegration and the failure of
the Italian City-Republics
Tierney, pp. 531-538, Tierney, Sources, nos. 100 and 103
Electronic Reserve: Marsiglio of Padua, Bartolus of Sassoferrato, Coluccio Salutati,
Leonardo Bruni

XV. (November 1 & 3) The End of the Hundred Years War and the Growth of National
Tierney, pp. 563-574, 589-604, 606-608
Tierney, Sources, no. 102

XVI. (November 8)
Review for Final Exam

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Grading Policy

1. One in-class mid-term exam will be given on Wednesday, October 8. (25%)

2. One final exam will be given during finals week which will cover the entire course. (30%)
3. Two short papers (3 typed pages minimum, 5 maximum each) will be required. These will be
based on the primary source readings. The fist will be due in class no later than Wednesday,
October 24 and the second no later than Wednesday, November 19. Paper topics will be selected
from study questions which will be provided for primary readings. Papers will be due at the
beginning of class on the date the chosen text has been assigned. Late papers will not be
accepted. (30%)
4. Class participation. Reading in primary sources have been assigned for every week. Students
are expected to come to class prepared to participate in discussions and/or written evaluations
based on these texts. (15%)

Course & Instructor Policies

Make-up exams will be given only when adequate cause is presented for missing the scheduled
test. Any exam or quiz missed for other reasons is calculated as a 0.

Student Conduct & Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations
for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and
each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern
student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained
in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of
recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and
Regulations, Series 50000, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, and in Title V,
Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.
Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and
regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship.
He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules,
university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the
standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or
criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

Academic Integrity

The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because
the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the
student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual
honor in his or her scholastic work.

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Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to
applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or
material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the
following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students
suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other
source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see
general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of turnitin.com, which searches the
web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

Email Use

The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between
faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues
concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university
encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email
address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a
UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the
identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD
furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with
university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method
for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.

Withdrawal from Class

The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses.
These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures
must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any
class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork
to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the
class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures

Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities,
of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.

In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments
of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to
resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the
grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain
primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at
that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the
respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the
respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not
resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of
Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic
Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic
appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and

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Incomplete Grade Policy

As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at
the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade
must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the
required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the
specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

Disability Services

The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities
equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the
Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:

The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22
PO Box 830688
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688
(972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)

Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments
necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary
to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for
students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example,
a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes
enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities.
The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or
mobility assistance.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an
accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members
to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special
accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.

Religious Holy Days

The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for
the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are
exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding
the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to
take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period
equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the
instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A
student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a
failing grade for that exam or assignment.

If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of
observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has
been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the
student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or
his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative

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intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief
executive officer or designee.

These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

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